New view of the Pillars of Creation infrared

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esahubble_heic1501b January 5th, 2015

Credit: NASA, ESA/Hubble and the Hubble Heritage Team

The NASA/ESA Hubble Space Telescope has revisited one of its most iconic and popular images: the Eagle Nebulas Pillars of Creation. This image shows the pillars as seen in infrared light, allowing it to pierce through obscuring dust and gas and unveil a more unfamiliar but just as amazing view of the pillars. In this ethereal view the entire frame is peppered with bright stars and baby stars are revealed being formed within the pillars themselves. The ghostly outlines of the pillars seem much more delicate, and are silhouetted against an eerie blue haze. Hubble also captured the pillars in visible light.

Image Source: http://www.spacetelescope.org/images/heic1501b/

Curator: ESA/Hubble, Garching bei München, Germany

Image Use Policy: Creative Commons Attribution 4.0 International License

Image Details

Image Type
Observation
Object Name
Eagle Nebula M 16 Messier 16
Subject - Milky Way
Nebula > Type > Star Formation
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Position Details

Position (ICRS)
RA = 18h 18m 52.1s
DEC = -13° 50’ 5.3”
Orientation
North is 35.1° CCW
Field of View
4.3 x 4.1 arcminutes
Constellation
Serpens

Color Mapping

  Telescope Spectral Band Wavelength
Arrow_left_cyan Hubble Space Telescope (WFC3) Infrared 1.1 µm
Arrow_left_yellow Hubble Space Telescope (WFC3) Infrared 1.6 µm
Spectrum_base
Arrow_top_cyan
Arrow_top_yellow
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ID
heic1501b
Subject Category
B.4.1.2  
Subject Name
Eagle Nebula, M 16, Messier 16
Credits
NASA, ESA/Hubble and the Hubble Heritage Team
Release Date
2015-01-05T23:15:00
Lightyears
Redshift
Reference Url
http://www.spacetelescope.org/images/heic1501b/
Type
Observation
Image Quality
Distance Notes
Facility
Hubble Space Telescope, Hubble Space Telescope
Instrument
WFC3, WFC3
Color Assignment
Cyan, Yellow
Band
Infrared, Infrared
Bandpass
Central Wavelength
1100, 1600
Start Time
Integration Time
Dataset ID
Notes
Coordinate Frame
ICRS
Equinox
J2000
Reference Value
274.717058739, -13.8347924699
Reference Dimension
3249.0, 3045.0
Reference Pixel
1624.0, 1522.0
Scale
-2.2249004567e-05, 2.2249004567e-05
Rotation
35.060000000000052
Coordinate System Projection:
TAN
Quality
Full
FITS Header
Notes
Creator (Curator)
ESA/Hubble
URL
http://www.spacetelescope.org/
Name
Email
Telephone
Address
Karl-Schwarzschild-Strasse 2
City
Garching bei München
State/Province
Postal Code
D-85748
Country
Germany
Rights
Creative Commons Attribution 4.0 International License
Publisher
ESA/Hubble
Publisher ID
esahubble
Resource ID
heic1501b
Metadata Date
2014-11-25T09:29:19-05:00
Metadata Version
1.1
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Detailed color mapping information coming soon...

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